Scotland building economic links with Bavaria

Scotland’s determination to forge its own economic links with European partners, despite the UK’s Brexit plans, have been given a boost.

The Scottish Government has signed a deal with the German state of Bavaria pledging increased co-operation on business, enterprise, innovation and research projects.

Photograph by: Gerry McCannFirst Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The joint declaration signed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria, Ilse Aigner, builds on existing relationships between the two partners.

Scotland already has an established connection with Bavaria and has multiple city ‘twinnings’ including Glasgow-Nuremburg and Edinburgh-Munich.

“I am delighted to be strengthening our partnership with Bavaria by signing this joint declaration and I hope it will lead to many mutually beneficial projects,” said Ms Sturgeon.

“Scotland has a strong relationship with Germany and is committed to further enhancing our cultural, economic and political links. The implications of Brexit mean it is more important than ever that we maintain productive relationships with our European partners.”

The signing of the declaration followed a meeting at the City Chambers in Edinburgh which formed part of a Bavarian Return Mission to Scotland, reciprocating the mission to Munich led by Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse in October last year.

The move is part of an ambition by the Scottish Government to turn the country into a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation. Plans have already been announced to open an innovation and investment hub in Berlin to raise Scotland’s profile in Germany, promoting collaboration and cooperation between Scotland and Germany in a number of areas.

“Scotland and Bavaria have fostered friendly and good relations for many years. Today we are adding a more economic driven component to our cooperation. We give business relations, innovation, research and investment opportunities a new momentum. Scotland and Bavaria have much in common. And together we are heading towards a bright future,” said Deputy Minister-President Aigner.